Coupland returns, knowingly, to mine the dot-com territory of Microserfs ()— this time for slapstick. Young Ethan Jarlewski works long hours. Douglas Coupland returns to form with his updating of Microserfs for the Google generation, JPod, says John Elek. Patrick Ness asks if Douglas Coupland is running on empty in his novel, JPod.
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As if to compensate for this, he and his similarly unanchored co-workers surround themselves with the disjecta membra of a late-capitalist electronic age: I was expecting to hate it, but its beauty is so understated and genuinely poignant. It’s a really fun, ridiculous read. Not every book needs a profound moral of a story. A lot of the things that happened in this book were like that. I like how he is not just critical of the world surrounding Gen X and Millennial people like he was in Generation Xbut of these gene I enjoyed this book as I usually enjoy most of Coupland’s stuff.
Coupland seems to have a very loyal and dedicated following, especially from people of particular generations. This is not so much a novel as a series of funny sketches, some of which are linked with each other.
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I don’t know what additional absurdities Coupland planned to inflict on me, because I gave up less than a third of the way into the story. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
JPodDouglas Coupland’s most acclaimed novel to date, is a lethal joyride into today’s new breed of tech worker. And he brings back his plugged-in sense of playful narrative, though I wondered at times if he was sneaking in an imitation of Dave Eggars doing an imitation of Douglas Coupland.
Admittedly some of them are pretty close to the mark. The novel opens with Ethan and his fellow JPodders, so called because they all have surnames beginning with ‘J’, in the middle of developing a new skateboarding game for PlayStation.
Coupland was further criticized by critics like David Daley of USA Todaywho wrote that “subtlety still eludes Coupland” and that his “relentless riffing can be exhausting”.
In this book he’s almost making those anxieties into absurd hyperbole. I want to write like him. Meanwhile, they both write books to ensure that these stereotypes continue to exist. JPod Douglas Coupland Limited preview – But this one made me laugh. Nothing in JPod is in any way connected to life as we know it. Stay tuned for my thoughts Follow me on the blog!
What would that have been like? I was hoping for a return to the good old days of Microserfs but all this read did was lead me to wonder if Microserfs was as good as I imagined it to be at the time when I was, er, 24, and looking forward to a life of exciting employment in the software industry.
Full of word games, visual jokes and sideways jabs, this book throws a sharp, pointed lawn dart into the heart of contemporary life. Eleanor Rigby completely, completely blew me away. This is a pretty funny book about being a computer programmer with family problems. I wasn’t left with any kind of strong emotional connection to any of the characters. JPod finds itself in a digital world where technology is everything and the human mind is incapable of focusing on just one task.
Perhaps Coupland’s last two novels didn’t sell as well as his earlier hits.
If we live in a culture, we contribute to the culture for all its ills. But I guess she was right; I was wrong. The Best Books of Pages of HTML code, concepts written in an Asian character-driven language, pages with almost nothing couplajd them but for some little absurd thing, etc. Obligated to undertake a rescue mission in China, Ethan fights off the threat of a viral outbreak, and begs a cantankerous author to rescue him from an early roadside death.
This was middle of the road as far as Coupland books go. Account Options Sign in. This couplabd all a vessel jpoe Coupland’s tricksiness – I used to love his flashy nonsense, but this time I was completely underwhelmed.
I took a Contemporary Literature class a couple of years ago and my very smart lecturer was talking, in passing, about Coupland and said that he was the kind of author to write himself into his books. Fiction Douglas Coupland reviews.
JPod is an avant-garde novel of six young couplannd, whose last names all begin with the letter ‘J’ and who are assigned to the same cubicle pod by someone in human resources through a computer glitchworking at Neotronic Arts, a fictional Burnaby -based video game company. The romance between Ethan and Kaitlin, in particular, I barely felt like I had to concentrate on, because I knew exactly what was going to happen.
Sure it’s shocking, but is this the zeitgeist, or just, “Extreme Vancouver? Everything was just that – trivial.
Jan 14, Matt rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I enjoyed this book as I usually enjoy most of Coupland’s stuff. Retrieved from ” https: But I like those people. Gelezen in vertaling, die af en toe inconsistent was.
This unsubtle allusion to Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 provides a useful insight into Coupland’s sense of couplamd.